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A Little Reform – to Allow Much Greater Deregulation Much Faster

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The Obama Ship of State:
The U.S.S. Regulation

Behold the Congressional Review Act (CRA): “(A) law that was enacted by the United States Congress as section 251 of the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996, also known as the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. The law empowers Congress to review, by means of an expedited legislative process, new federal regulations issued by government agencies and, by passage of a joint resolution, to overrule a regulation….”

Well that’s fabulous.  But wait – there’s more goodness: “The law provides a procedure for expedited consideration in the Senate. If the committee to which a joint resolution is referred has not reported it out within 20 calendar days after referral, it may be discharged from further consideration by a written petition of 30 Members of the Senate, at which point the measure is placed on the calendar, and it is in order at any time for a Senator to move to proceed to the joint resolution.  If the Senate agrees to the motion to proceed, debate on the floor is limited to 10 hours and no amendments to the resolution or motions to proceed to other business are in order, and so the Senate may pass the joint resolution with a simple majority.”

Get that?  “A simple majority” – the CRA cannot be filibustered.  There’s a little more: “For the regulation to be invalidated, the Congressional resolution of disapproval either must be signed by the President, or must be passed over the President’s veto by two-thirds of both Houses of Congress.”

Well that’s currently no problem.  Behold President Donald Trump – the Chief Executive promising to cut regulations “by 75% or more.”  He would warmly welcome a whole coterie of CRA regulatory repeals. More

Trump Should Stop the Government’s Price-Fixing Micro-Management of Music Royalties

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Because That Always Works Out – So Well

I’m a lifelong conservative – and a retired musician.  One thing that vexed me as I chased a magical, mystical record deal – was how bizarre and obnoxious was the system to divvy up the money from the hits.

The font of all this bizarre obnoxiousness – is the federal government.  The Feds bizarrely, obnoxiously run the royalties show.  As a less-government-loving songwriter – things like this flummoxed me: “First, there is the calculation of mechanical royalties for writers and publishers….In the United States, the royalties are based on a ‘statutory rate’ set by the U.S. Congress.”

This is the antithesis of a free market – where the participants negotiate with each other to get the best respective deals.  This is a government lobbying contest – where the participant with the most campaign contributions and K Street clout gets an uber-favorable royalty rate from those world-renowned music industry experts in Washington, D.C.

Here in Reality – who is nigh always going to win at that game?  People like me – the newly-signed singer-songwriter who just quit the bartending gig he held down to be able to eat?  Or mega-record companies like Columbia Music – still counting their massive coin from Adele’s latest multi-platinum smash?  (Oh – and mega-company Columbia…is actually a subsidiary of even-more-mega Sony Music Entertainment.)

In the freest of free markets, I-the-newly-signed would be at a fairly large negotiating disadvantage against these mammoth music machines.  In this government-rigged system – I have ZERO chance of out crony-ing them in Congress. More

Let’s Rollback Bad Government – At All Levels. Because the Emperors Have No Clothes

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Parading Through Governments Everywhere

We have dubbed the Trump ascendancy to the presidency the Reality Revolution.  For decades the Washington, D.C. Establishment Emperor walked around stark naked.  And none of the Establishment Emperor’s Courtiers would point out his “clothes” weren’t clothes – because they were making too much coin pretending they were.

Decades of DC failures – dubbed “successes” by DC’s denizens – have resulted in $20 trillion in debt, nearly $300 trillion in unfunded liabilities for government program “successes” – and thousands and thousands of agencies and programs that are complete wastes of space, effort and coin, that nevertheless live on (and on, and on, and….)

We the People have all along seen (and been repulsed by) the Establishment Emperor’s nakedness.  And have all along seen (and been repulsed by) the Establishment Emperor’s Courtiers playing along and cashing in.

Then, finally, along comes Trump – who matter-of-factly said “Hey, that guy is naked.”  We the People were so thrilled – we rewarded him with the presidency.  Thus far, for the most part, he isn’t disappointing. More

Mr. President: Please Remove Google’s Anti-IP Mole from Your Administration

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Also Good as Administration Policy

One of the many aspects of the very anti-free trade “free trade” to which we have for decades been subjected – is the massive intellectual property (IP) theft conducted by China and other nations.  China alone steals more than $360 billion worth per annum – and has been doing so for decades.

About which we have done…absolutely nothing.  To preserve the illusion of “free trade,” we have pretended that these ongoing, multi-trillion-dollar heists – weren’t happening.  We periodically sit down with China to negotiate the next “free trade” deal – and pretend the giant IP theft elephant seated next to us…isn’t seated next to us.

Now-President Donald Trump is now-President Donald Trump – in part because he repeatedly pointed out that the “free trade” emperor – is stark naked:

“‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’…is a short tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen…(about a) vain Emperor who…hires two weavers who promise him the finest, best suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is either unfit for his position or ‘hopelessly stupid.’  The Emperor’s ministers cannot see the clothes themselves, but pretend that they can for fear of appearing unfit for their positions, and the Emperor does the same. Finally, the weavers report that the suit is finished, they mime dressing him, and the Emperor marches in procession before his subjects. The townsfolk play along with the pretense, not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid. Then, a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all, and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor suspects the assertion is true but continues the procession.”

The Emperor is the Washington, D.C. Establishment.  The weavers are our “free trade” partners like China.  The ministers are our trade negotiators.  Trump is the kid – who cares not for inane pretense and finally calls male cow manure on the whole global scam. More

Trump’s FCC Transition Team: One of These Things is Not Like the Others…

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Can You Tell Me How to Get…How to Get Rid of Net Neutrality?

There’s an old Sesame Street song that sums up the Donald Trump Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Transition Team.  Behold “One of These Things”: “One of these things is not like the others.  One of these things doesn’t belong.  Can you tell which thing is not like the others…?”  Here, it ain’t difficult at all to tell.

Trump began pre-election by choosing his FCC transition team lead – Jeffrey Eisenach: “(A) known commodity in Washington tech and telecom circles…he’s argued vigorously in favor of the FCC taking a hands-off approach to digital issues….In 2012 Eisenach arrived as a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) — and in that role, he’s been an outspoken antagonist of (Barack Obama) FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his policies. In his research and advocacy…he’s slammed the Obama administration’s efforts on net neutrality, broadband investment and more.”

So far – so great.  Added next was Eisenach’s AEI colleague – Mark Jamison: “FCC Transition Team’s Jamison: Do We Need an FCC?”  (Answer – we absolutely do not.)  More about Jamison: “Jamison says most of the reasons for having an FCC have ‘gone away’…That is quite the difference from the Wheeler FCC’s emphasis on…net neutrality and broadband privacy rules, both of which are likely to get a second look under a Republican chair.”

So far – even greater.  Added next was another AEI scholar – Roslyn Layton: “Layton is no fan of the FCC reclassification of ISPs as common carriers. She is also a foe of the FCC’s broadband privacy rulemaking, calling it a ‘partisan endgame of corporate favoritism’ resulting in ‘misinformed, unjustified rules.’  She is a critic of the FCC setting aside spectrum in auctions at below-market rates for certain players, writing…that that was a way for FCC to play favorites and ultimately raise broadband costs to consumers.” More

Dodd-Frank: All of It Is Awful – So All of It Needs to Go

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Big Government, Big Business –
Little People

President-elect Donald Trump is President-elect Donald Trump – because he incepted and led much more than a simple political campaign.  As he oft said at his massive rallies: “This is not just crowds gathered – this is a movement.”

What it was and is – is a revolution.  A Reality Revolution.  For decades and decades in Washington, D.C., members of both political Parties have time and again thrown at us the Groucho Marx quote: “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?”

DC’s denizens have given us demonstrable failure after demonstrable failure – while hailing each and every one of them as a “success.”  (This sort of profound, prolonged delusion usually results in years of therapy, massive doses of medication – or both.  In DC, it results in mass reelection.)

Social Security and Medicare – are $222 TRILLION short.  But DC blithely hails them both as “successes.”

There is thankfully-outgoing-President Barack Obama’s Obamacare – DC-woefully-misnamed “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”  We were repeatedly told Obamacare would lower premiums by $2,500 per-family-per-year – and allow you to keep your doctors and plans. More

What to Do – and What Not to Do – on Trade Reform

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All of Them – Everywhere

In advance of the 2008 election, now outgoing President Barack Obama ran on “Hope and Change.”  It was a smart, cynical ploy.  We the People certainly wanted “Change” – but Obama’s “Change” wasn’t even close to what we wanted it to be.

Obama meant “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” – with a massive, omni-directional expansion of government.   We the People wanted – dramatically less government.  We were tired of watching a (now) $4-trillion-a-year federal government screw up nigh everything it touches – whilst insisting on manhandling everything.

Obama wanted transform – we wanted reform.  We still do.  How else to explain the presidential election of Donald Trump?

Trump’s is the Reality Revolution.  Reality is – government stinks at nigh everything.  So rather than having it do even more – Trump intends to have it do less.  Less government regulations everywhere.  Less government in health insurance than Obamacare, less government in finance than Dodd-Frank – and less government everywhere in trade.

Trump ran repeatedly proclaiming “Our country is being ripped off so badly on trade.”  He isn’t wrong.  But this has everyone who is #NeverTrump claiming he is anti-free trade. More

Leftists Refusing to Provide Goods and Services Is Just Fine – Inauguration Edition

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Eric Holder – The Face of Airbnb Open-Mindedness and Tolerance

There is nothing more close-minded than the open-minded Leftist.

As if we needed even more reminders of this metaphysical truth – behold Donald Trump’s presidential election and inauguration.  Which has oh-so-many-Leftists engaged in avalanche-esque amounts of flagrant obnoxiousness and whiplash-inducing hypocrisy.

And if you want some quintessential distilled Leftist essence – look to the Silicon Valley.

Liberal CEO Slams Middle America: ‘No Educated Person Wants to Live in Sh*thole With Stupid People’: “The CEO of a marketing and advertising firm in San Francisco has attacked Middle America in a bizarre rant on Facebook…Melinda Byerley, CEO of TimeShareCMO and an apparent Hillary supporter (wrote)…’One thing middle america could do is to realize that no educated person wants to live in a sh**ho** with stupid people. Especially violent, racist, and/or misogynistic ones…So if you want jobs, clean up your act and make your town a place that people like us want to live in….Make it a point to elect a progressive city council and commit to not being bigots.’”

I would imagine the Americans who this tolerant, open-minded Leftist dismisses as “stupid people” who “live in a sh**ho**” are going to rush to fundamentally transform their towns into mid-America San Fran-freakos – so as to attract her and her tolerant, open-minded ilk. More

Undoing Obama: Who Should Do Which Government Rollbacks?

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Let’s Celebrate LOTS of Them

Donald Trump will on Friday be sworn in to succeed President Barack Obama.  Trump is the incoming – in large part because he repeatedly promised to undo much of what has been done by the outgoing.

For his part, Obama is making conciliatory comments – while doing everything possible to make Trump’s transition as painful as possible.  Included in bringing the pain – is ramming through as many last-minute regulations as can possibly be issued.

Way to respect the will of We the Voters, President Outgoing.

These twilight regs are, of course, on top of the mountains and mountains of regulations already issued these past eight years.  And all of those are on top of all the bad laws President Obama passed whilst in possession of a Democrat-majority Congress – most famously, Obamacare and Dodd-Frank.  From which have subsequently flowed (tens of) thousands of additional pages of terrible regulations.

There’s a whole lot of big, bad, heinous government to undo.  Just from President Obama.  Then there’s the last century-plus….

Late former New York Governor Mario Cuomo once observed “You campaign in poetry – you govern in prose.”  Un-governing is, if possible, even less flowery.  How, exactly, to rollback so much awful government? More

Fake News: When Leftist Foundations Fund Activism Posing as Journalism

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Foundations Edition

#FakeNews is currently in the news “big league.”  Thanks to ridiculous Buzzfeed’s ridiculous release of a 35-page Donald Trump disinformation litany (to which we absolutely will not link).  A litany so fake – it was printed under the heading “Disinformation.”  But ridiculous Buzzfeed released it anyway.

This litany had been floating around Washington, D.C. for months – untouched by DC’s alleged journalists.  But DC’s alleged journalists – once Buzzfeed broke the seal – piled in behind them like Japanese subway commuters to further amplify it.

This is by no means the only flavor of fake news that exists.  Another long-standing-though-less-ballyhooed version is when Leftist foundations fund Leftist activists – who generate “news” that the media then mindlessly parrot, without any mention of the mammoth money behind it.  All the while, the media roundly lambastes much tinier right-of-center efforts to tell their story.

For instance: You’ve of course heard of the libertarian Koch brothers – because the media have made sure of it.  The Kochs donate money to groups to advance free markets – and the media goes bananas reporting about it.  But the Koch coin isn’t even close to the real story: More